Although the upper range Hofners are now fetching serious money, it is worth noting that in their day, they were not particularly cheap guitars. I have detailed below, an extract from a Music Dealers catalogue to illustrate the cost of obtaining a Hofner in the early sixties. To put things into perspective, £15 per week was an average wage at that time, so even the humble Congress would have been quite a consideration.
Look particularly at the cost of a Golden Hofner at around £ 80 to £100. Today these guitars can demand several thousand pounds. Such is life.
|Golden Hofner Electric||£100|
|Committee Electric (Blonde)||£70|
|Committee Electric (Brunette)||£68|
|Verithin (With Bigsby)||£72|
|President Electric (Blonde)||£46|
|President Electric (Brunette)||£44|
|Senator Electric (Blonde)||£28|
|Senator Electric (Brunette)||£27|
|Club 60 (Blonde)||£44|
|Club 60 (Brunette)||£42|
|Club 50 (Blonde)||£35|
|Club 50 (Brunette)||£34|
|Club 40 (Blonde)||£29|
|Club 40 (Brunette)||£28|
|Golden Hofner Acoustic||£80|
|Committee Acoustic (Blonde)||£50|
|Committee Acoustic (Brunette)||£48|
|President Acoustic (Blonde)||£29|
|President Acoustic (Brunette)||£27|
|Senator Acoustic (Blonde)||£19|
|Senator Acoustic (Brunette)||£18|
© Ramsay McKinnon 2006.